Airport Business News Alert - North America.
Georgia county purchases airport for $17.7 million Georgia's Henry County acquired Tara Field from Clayton County for $17.7 million. The 326-acre airport is located next to the Atlanta Motor Speedway. "Given its proximity to the Atlanta Motor Speedway and downtown Atlanta, I have no doubt that Tara Field will serve as one of the economic engines and will benefit Henry County and its citizens," said Rep. Lynn Westmoreland, R-Ga. Jul 14, 2011
FAA revokes operating certificate of Florida's Bimini Island Air Ft. Lauderdale-based Bimini Island Air overstepped its bounds as an on-demand charter operator by offering and flying scheduled flights using a 30-seat Saab 340, stated US FAA, which has revoked the carrier's operating certificate.E The agency said this week that it issued an "emergency order of revocation" June 27 that "took effect immediately." FAA alleged that BIA "advertised and operated 15 scheduled flights between Fort Lauderdale and the Bahamas in March and April 2011 using a 30-seat Saab 340-A twin-turboprop aircraft.EBIA is not authorized to use a 30-seat aircraft for scheduled flights." The regulator said that BIA additionally "offered and advertised scheduled flights on the 30-seat plane, including the departure location and time and arrival location E BIA operated as a scheduled airline rather than as an on-demand service when it provided those flights.EScheduled airlines are governed by rules different than those for charter operators or on-demand services." According to FAA, BIA surrendered its operating certificate July 1 following submission of a petition for review of the emergency revocation. The petition "also serves as an appeal of the merits of the order," FAA stated.EUS National Transportation Safety Board will hear BIA's appeal.E Under the "who we are" section of its website, Bimini states that "the core of our business is charter flights covering the US, Bahamas and the world." Jul 14, 2011
North Carolina airport is constructing runway safety area The Johnston County Airport, which is near Clayton, N.C., is building an emergency runway safety area for the general aviation airport. "It will provide an overrun for airplanes that touched down long or were unable to stop, and for emergency vehicles and personnel," said airport Director Ray Blackmon. The 1,000-foot-long safety area will cost $4 million, the majority of which will be covered by a grant from the Federal Aviation Administration. Jul 13, 2011
Priest receives master pilot award from FAA The Rev. Mel Hemann, 82, received the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award from the Federal Aviation Administration this week. "My first vocation is as a priest, but then my second love has been flying," Hemann said. "I've been fortunate enough to do both of them." Jul 13, 2011
GAO: FAA must improve NextGen outreach The Government Accountability Office says in a new report that the FAA should improve its efforts to harness resources of other agencies and the private sector as it moves ahead with development of the Next Generation Air Transportation System. Jul 13, 2011
FAA proposes civil penalties against American Eagle, Atlantic Southeast US FAA proposed a total of $275,500 in civil penalties against two regional airlines and an MRO provider. The agency called for a $77,500 fine against Dallas-based American Eagle Airlines because its line maintenance contractor at Richmond., Va., allegedly used uncalibrated tools to test the anti-freeze used for de-icing aircraft. Also, FAA alleges the tools were not specified for use by the airlineOs FAA-approved general maintenance manual and its ground de-icing program. The alleged violations took place between Feb. 13 and March 9, 2010, FAA stated. The regulator has also proposed a fine of $132,000 against Atlanta-based Atlantic Southeast Airlines for allegedly operating a Bombardier CRJ regional jet on 22 passenger-carrying flights between May 14 and May 18, 2010, while it was not in compliance with FAA regulations. FAA additionally proposed a $66,000 fine against Miami-based Jet Aircraft Maintenance for allegedly failing to perform tire changes properly on various United Airlines Airbus A320 aircraft between Nov. 24 and Dec. 2, 2010 at Washington National. The companies have 30 days to respond. Jul 12, 2011
Report examines 8 sites for possible second Atlanta airport A recent report examined eight sites for a possible second Atlanta commercial airport. The study, conducted by a consulting firm, examined the pros and cons of each location, as well as the cost of expanding the existing small airports on those sites. Some common obstacles included public opposition, the high cost of buying property and conflicts with existing air corridors. Jul 11, 2011
Mississippi SUA changes make room for GA The FAA has announced changes to the special-use airspace complex near Shelby, Miss., that address concerns AOPA had raised with the initial proposal and allow general aviation aircraft to transit the area. Jul 11, 2011
FAA proposes $689,800 civil penalty against FedEx US FAA proposed a $689,800 civil penalty against FedEx Corp. for allegedly violating US hazardous materials regulations. The agencyalleged Friday that in 89 instances from June 13-Sept. 4, 2009, "FedEx failed to provide pilots-in-command with complete, accurate information on the nature, quantity and weight of hazardous materials loaded on their aircraft. Pilots-in-command must be given this information under hazardous materials regulations." FAA also alleged that the Memphis-based delivery giant "accepted four shipments of hazardous materials for transportation by air when those materials were not accurately described and certified in the accompanying shipper's documents. The shipments were accepted between June 18 and Aug. 26, 2009." FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt said, "Pilots must know they are carrying dangerous goods so they can take all necessary safety precautions." FedEx has 30 days to respond to the agency. Jul 11, 2011
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